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Boehner presses Obama to sign Russia sanctions bill

Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerBoehner on Afghanistan: 'It's time to pull out the troops' Boehner says he voted for Trump, didn't push back on election claims because he's retired Boehner: Trump's claims of stolen election a 'sad moment in American history' MORE (R-Ohio) is urging President Obama to immediately sign legislation passed unanimously by the House and Senate to impose new sanctions on Russia.

The bipartisan bill would also authorize the president to send defensive weapons and more non-lethal aid to Ukraine.

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"With this support, we underline our strong moral commitment to the cause of the Ukrainian people," said Boehner in a statement Monday. 

The bill is co-sponsored by Reps. Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.) and Marcy KapturMarcia (Marcy) Carolyn KapturCreate a bulwark against Chinese economic coercion: Advance open RAN in Europe The Memo: Ohio Dem says many in party 'can't understand' working-class concerns Tim Ryan planning to declare run for Ohio Senate seat by March: NYT MORE (D-Ohio).

Ukraine is facing a separatist uprising backed by Moscow in the east of the country. In March, Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, and has been supplying separatists with arms and training, which the U.S. has called a violation of Ukraine's sovereignty.

The U.S. and the European Union have enacted several rounds of economic sanctions on Moscow, and helped broker a ceasefire between Russia and Ukraine in September, but fighting has continued. 

"Of course, there is much more to do," Boehner said in his statement. 

Boehner said the House would continue to work to provide additional assistance to Ukraine and other partners and friends in the region. He said lawmakers would also work to increase energy supplies to Europe, to create American jobs and break Russia's "political manipulation of access to energy in Europe."